5 Tips for Backpacking in the Rain

Near this time last year we published a post about camping when it rains.  This post has a lot of great information for exactly that–camping when it rains.  If you’re backpacking, however, there a few more specific tips that can help you have a successful trip.  After all, getting soaking wet in the backcountry is …

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5 Reasons to Get Certified as a Wilderness First Responder

The Wilderness First Responder course, otherwise known as WFR, is an advanced wilderness medical course provided to professionals and serious recreational enthusiasts to equip them with decision-making tools and medical knowledge for use in remote environments. Wilderness First Responders are trained to be able to respond in emergency situations of many different kinds in backcountry …

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On-Star for Hikers?

We’ve been fans of the Spot Satellite Messenger ever since we first heard about the GPS device that allows you to track the progress of backcountry expeditions remotely. GPS-enabled devices like the Spot and the personal locator beacon from ACR Electronics also allow the user to send exact location coordinates to emergency responders at the …

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GearPods Backcountry Emergency Survial Kit Review

Here’s a super cool product for 2010 that we’re filing under why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-before: GearPods. GearPods is essentially a modular adventure gear system that’s perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or even trail running. The “pods” are interlocking tubes that sorta look like those vacuum tubes they use at the bank or Home Depot …

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